Monica L. Shulman (née Lima) is a New York City based emerging fine art and assignment photographer, specializing in lifestyle and travel imagery, while focusing on portraiture. She is a self-taught photographer who recently left a successful career as a corporate finance attorney to work as a photographer. As a teenager, Monica studied oil painting and charcoal drawing and practiced developing photographs in her parents’ basement with her father, an amateur photographer.
In 1995 Monica moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend Boston University. She lived briefly in Paris, France until returning to New York where she graduated from law school in 2004 and began practicing law. In an effort to find a creative outlet while working as an attorney, Monica reconnected with her love of art and photography.
Monica is a first generation American of Cuban, Argentinean and Italian descent. She speaks three languages fluently and her diverse background has greatly influenced her work and her love of travel, foreign languages, art and architecture. Monica always carries her camera with her and she views the street as her blank canvas. The notion that most drives her work and creativity is that the world exists beyond the bounds of what we can see and she is always searching for that deeper understanding through her lens. Monica is continually encouraged and inspired by her hometown, New York City, where she lives with her husband.
Permanent Collection at RoGallery, Long Island City, New York www.rogallery.com
Art Expo New York, February 2009
“In Her Own Image” A Collection of Self-Portraits – A Book by “The Female Self-Portrait Artist Support Group” Published April 2009.
F-Stop E-Magazine Issue #33, February 2009 – Four images selected for publication.
Runner-Up in “People” Category in Popular Photography print issue January 2009.
Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (The Lucie Awards)
Television Interview: “Spotlight on Emerging Artists”
"Connected" by Monica L. Shulman - A book of travel and street imagery. Published via Blurb.com June 2008.
National Geographic E-Magazine
Orato Online E-Magazine Published Photo Essay “The Real Big Easy” August 2007.